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Incredible Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
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Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favorite flavors, and putting them together is always a hit. This simple, amazing peanut butter pie was a recipe given to me by a college roommate and her grandmother in a handwritten recipe book when I got married. The recipe was the basic peanut butter pie, but through the years, I've added chocolate chips in the pie, cool whip on top, and sprinkles of chocolate chips for garnish. My family loves it, and as a matter of fact, this was dessert for my husband's birthday tonight.
- 1 8oz bar cream cheese
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 pie crusts, I use Oreo
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
- 1 large tub cool whip
How To Make
- Put the block of cream cheese in a bowl, and with a mixer, mix until creamy
- Add in the powdered sugar and mix
- Add in peanut butter and mix
- With a spoon, fold in about 2/3 of the large container of cool whip. Mix until well blended.
- If desired, mix in mini chocolate chips
- Pour 1/2 batter into a pie crust, and half into a second pie crust
- If desired, top with cool whip and garnish with a few chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate until ready to use. Can eat at any time, but it is better if chilled for an hour or so before serving. This can also be made ahead of time and frozen.
There are so many variations that can be done with this pie. The original recipe I was given was the peanut butter filling without the chocolate chips, cool whip on top, or chocolate chips on top. Starting with the crust, any type of crust can be used, but I like the Oreo crust best. For the filling, you can choose to add chocolate chips, peanuts, or even a brittle to the mix if desired. The pie is good as is, but adding cool whip to the top adds to the aesthetics as does a garnish on top. Another positive aspect of this pie is that you can go as low fat as you want. If you use fat free cream cheese, fat free cool whip, and reduced fat peanut butter, you don't take away from the taste at all, but you cut down on the fat content tremendously.
This pie is very easy to make, with only 6 ingredients, and it only takes approximately 15 minutes to put together. It requires no cooking or baking. It is great to take for family dinners or covered dish meals since it makes so much, and I guarantee it will be a hit with guests. I have even used these for "cake" auctions since they look so nice, and they were well bid on. As I said to begin with, who doesn't like peanut butter and chocolate?!
A Tidbit of Pie History
It is so much fun to research the history of various American icons, and pie is definately one. According to records, historians have noted that pies can be dated back to about 9500BC during the New Stone Age. The early pies were known as galettes, and were made from oats, wheat, rye, and barley, and were filled with honey. They were free form and were baked over hot coals. From 1304 to 1237BC, Egyptians incorporated nuts and fruit in bread dough. It was indicated that drawings of this can be located in the tomb of Rameses III. The Greeks made a pie pastry using a flour/water paste and wrapping it around meat.
In more modern times, the English were making pies in the 1500s. The early pies were called "coffins" or "coffyns", which meant basket or box. These were meat pies with a pastry. Small pies were called "tartlets" and a "tart" was a large, shallow, open pie. Two early examples were Shepherd's Pie and Cottage Pie (lamb and vegetables and beef and vegetables respectively). In the 1600s, the Pilgrams brought recipes with them to the New World and used ingredients available to them including berries and other fruits. It's reported that in the 1700s, American women were serving pies with every meal, which helped pie to become an American tradition.
Pies are very diverse today. We see chocolate pies, peanut butter pies, apple pies, and so many others. What a great way to end a good dinner!!